He returned to the Bad Seeds line-up for the release of 2013's Push the Sky Away.
Now based in Brighton, Adamson puts his eclectic tastes and output down to the place of his birth:
"I grew up in an atmosphere where anything was possible. Even before punk, I felt that Manchester was somewhere that pointed towards America one way and to Europe the other way. I felt I was living at the centre of things."
Adamson has been creating all of his life. He rose to prominence as the bass player in Magazine and toured extensively.
His establishment as a solo artist came after an initial three year stint with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and heralded the release of his seminal first solo album, Moss Side Story.
Having released nine studio albums, including the 1992 Mercury Music Prize nominated Soul Murder, Adamson has continued to tour globally with his talents being in as much demand by new generations of artists.
"I learn all the time from people I work with, plus I have my own goals and sometimes the newness is uncomfortable (e.g. Film directing), but soon becomes part of what eventually makes me feel great about my career."
Earlier this year Adamson returned to the studio to begin recording his soon to be released new solo album, Know Where To Run
, which shows him embracing all of his diverse influences
into a more commercial undertaking.
Produced by Barry and recorded at Church Road Recording Company, Brighton with old cohort Paul Pascoe, while additional production and mix was handled by WTNSS at Dean Street Studios.
The idea behind the album and accompanying photo book came when Barry began taking photos during a tour of the U.S. and Canada with Nick Cave and the Bad Seed.
Slowly these photos formed an idea about creating a book that moves literally through different states then, a couple of musical ideas came to the fore, bringing the concept of eventually producing a photo album.
The tracklisting for Know Where To Run:
1. In Other Worlds
2. Cine City
3. Come Away
4. Death Takes A Holiday
5. Claw & Wing
6. Texas Crash
7. Mr Greed
8. Up In The Air
9. Evil Kind
Constantly sought across all art forms for commentary and contribution, Barry's music has been used for documentaries, TV series, adverts, computer games and even an Olivier Award winning ballet performance by Sylvie Guillem and the Ballet Boyz.
It was always a logical progression for Adamson to move behind the camera and once again his brooding film noir style and dark comedy has seen him write, direct and score a number of short films.
Rising phoenix like from the flames of his previous work, Adamson continues to push himself and blur the lines of film, music and art.